The 2011 Free-B Film Festival

I was recently asked an interesting question while working diligently in the Tourism Victoria office: “What did you get up to last night?”
Normally, this would be a regular question and opening statement in a dialog between coworkers or friends.

I had no response. I had done anything of consequence. I felt especially ashamed being that there is now warm enough weather to be active even after the sun has gone down at night. I spent many nights over the course of winter waiting to have no homework, and no guilt of taking a night off, and now I was squandering those very opportunities.

I immediately remembered a free (still my favourite part of most events here) and local event going on after hours that is family friendly and good fun, with a bit of nostalgia thrown in for good measure.

The Victoria Film Festival’s (VFF) Free-B Film Festival that is running on Friday and Saturday nights throughout August is the solution to my boring evenings!

Using 20’ wide inflatable screens to present the films on, VFF is hosting eight movies of varying genres for your viewing pleasure. Most of the films are over 20-years-old, but that doesn’t make them any less intriguing and entertaining. Being in my mid 20s, these are movies I grew up with and it is great to see them portrayed on the big screen again.

I personally can attest to actually owning several of these films: the lure of the discount DVD bin being far too much for my meagre willpower to overcome. The Free-B Film Festival is a great introduction to classic movies for a new generation.

With the ever increasing amount of movies being remade from questionable source materials in the ‘80s (Smurfs, G.I. Joe, Transformers I am looking at you!) I am of the opinion that it is only a matter of time until He-Man is taking centre stage once again. This is an excellent opportunity to see not only why Dolph Lundgren was an awesome choice for Adam of Eternia’s alter Ego, but also how today’s celebrities started with some humble roots, like Courtney Cox.

The full list of films being presented includes:

  • Masters of the Universe (He-Man)
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  • Teen Wolf
  • Muppets from Space
  • Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe
  • Steamboy
  • Short Circuit

The movies can be caught in Centennial Square or Beacon Hill Park and start at 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays throughout August. A complete list of times and locations can be found on the Free-B Film Festival website.

So grab a blanket or towel to sit on, and a garbage bag full of popcorn (What? I like popcorn!) and come on out for a show. Smiles and sighs are guaranteed!